“Because of You” is a song recorded by American pop singer Kelly Clarkson for her second studio album, Breakaway (2004). It was written by Clarkson along with its producers David Hodges and Ben Moody, both from Evanescence.

It was released on August 16, 2005, by RCA Records, as the third single from Breakaway.

Intro : 
Em  C  D
 
G         Bm      Em           D
I will not make the same mistakes that you did
G          Bm
I will not let myself
Em                D
Cause my heart so much misery
G         Bm       Em 
I will not break the way you did,
           D
You fell so hard
G            Bm
I've learned the hard way
Em                  D
To never let it get that far
 
 Verse 1 : 
      Em
Because of you
     C                D
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
      Em
Because of you
      C                   D        B7
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt
     Am
Because of you
             G/B          D            B7
I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me
     C
Because of you
       D
I am afraid
. 
G       Bm
I lose my way
Em                         D
And it's not too long before you point it out
G       Bm
I cannot cry
Em                      D
Because you know that's weakness in your eyes
G        Bm
I'm forced to fake
E                     D
A smile, a laugh everyday of my life
G          Bm
My heart can't possibly break
Em                D
When it wasn't even whole to start with

 Verse 2 :
     Em
Because of you
         C                     D
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
      Em
Because of you
                C          D        B7
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt
      Am
Because of you
             G/B             D             B7
I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me
   C
Because of you
        D
I am afraid

        Bm
I watched you die
         Em             D
I heard you cry every night in your sleep
      Bm
I was so young
         Em            D
You should have known better than to lean on me
      Bm            Em
You never thought of anyone else
        D
You just saw your pain
     Bm                Em
And now I cry in the middle of the night
     D
For the same damn thing

     Em
Because of you
    C                D
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
      Em
Because of you
      C                   D           
I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt

      F#m
Because of you
                  D                E
I try my hardest just to forget everything
     F#m
Because of you
            D         E  C#
I don't know how to let anyone else in
      Bm
Because of you
          A/C#          E   C#
I'm ashamed of my life because it's empty
     D
Because of you
    E
I am afraid

     F#m  D  E
Because of you
     F#m  D  E
Because of you